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  • The Science of Discworld

  • Revised Edition
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

In the 'fantasy' universe of the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series, everything runs on magic and common sense. The world is flat and million-to-one chances happen nine times out of ten. Our world seems different - it runs on rules, often rather strange ones. Science is our way of finding out what those rules are. The appeal of Discworld is that it mostly makes sense, in a way that particle physics does not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Science and The Short Story

  • By Clare on 16-06-12

Science and The Short Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-12

I have to say that, while I did enjoy this I did find some of the science a little hard to follow. But it was still good to listen to. It alternates, one chapter of science, then one chapter of a short story on the wizards, science, wizards, ect… And because of how audible has set this up, one chapter per track, you can skip all the science and just have the story if you want to.

A nice addition to my Disc World collection, magic meets science, and it turns out the two might not be so different, though magic makes more sense. This book also contains a good collection of boffin like phrases to memorise and impress friends with, just as long as they don’t ask you to explain any of them.

Over all a good book, a nice short story and a good chance that a bit of scientific knowledge might have lodge in ones brain by the time you get to end of it.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

Charmed Life
    The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1
    
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        Diana Wynne Jones
    
    


    
    
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        Tony Robinson
    
    


    
    Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    42 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Charmed Life

  • The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1
  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Tony Robinson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

Cat had no doubt that the man standing in the middle of the kitchen was the ‘Dark Stranger’. Cat’s sister Gwendolen had been told by a Fortune-Teller that she was destined for Great Things, and that a ‘dominant Dark Stranger’ would have something to do with it. So it was hardly surprising that when Cat saw the tall, dark, well-dressed man standing in the kitchen, he thought it was Gwendolen’s ‘Dark Stranger’ come to help her start ruling the world.... Sometimes it can be a trial being the brother of a powerful witch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as I remember it

  • By Clare on 01-08-11

Just as I remember it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-11

I first came across this book about fifteen years ago, fell in love with it and repeatedly borrowed the audio book from the library. But as happens with such books they wear out and get taken out of circulation and thus was lost to me.

Then to my delight I happened by chance to find it here on audible and I couldn’t download it fast enough. I was slightly apprehensive as I wasn’t sure if the book was as good as I remembered it being, time having that effect on memory. But I find the story as delightful, enchanting and gripping at twenty-five as I did at ten.

And, of course, no one knows how to read an audio book quite like Tony Robinson.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Interesting Times

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 795

Interesting Times, the seventeenth novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, finds the planet's oldest empire in the midst of bitter turmoil after the publication of the revolutionary treatise What I Did on My Holidays. Workers, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes, are joining forces against old warlords, spreading violence throughout Discworld's ancient cities.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor quality audio

  • By Emma on 15-11-16

Interesting Times, Good Times

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-11

There are just too many things I love about this story. It makes me laugh and smile and cry and want to kill the bad guys. It also shows how much like warfare teaching really is. The organised and polite rebellion is delightfully sweet and completely ridiculous. And just when things couldn?t get any worse here comes the world?s worst wizard and a hoard of (silver) barbarians. Not to mention there?s always the butterfly?.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Skulduggery Pleasant
    Interview with Skulduggery
    
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        Derek Landy
    
    


    
    
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        Derek Landy
    
    


    
    Length: 6 mins
    47 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Skulduggery Pleasant

  • Interview with Skulduggery
  • By: Derek Landy
  • Narrated by: Derek Landy
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

In this fantastic interview, Skulduggery tells us everything we always wanted to know about him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful nonsense

  • By Clare on 30-03-11

Delightful nonsense

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-11

I to confess was a little worried about listening to is, wondering how one of my favourite characters would come across when taken out of a literary setting. I really shouldn?t have been. This is perfectly delightful, a wonderful little snapshot, that gives us an insight into what Skulduggery really thinks about things. Perfection.

  • Witches Abroad

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,189

What could be easier than preventing a servant girl from marrying a prince, especially for three clever witches? But Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick face more than they bargained for when they journey to the distant city of Genua. For one thing, their power is limited to Mrs. Gogol's weak voodoo spells, a one-eyed cat, and a secondhand magic wand that works only on pumpkins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the best of the Witches series

  • By Katharin on 14-02-08

Once upon a time?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-11

This has got to be one of the best Discworld books ever, and defiantly the best one involving everyone?s favourite witches. Taking fairytales we all know and dealing with the bits that never quite fitted. How do pigs build houses when all they have is trotters? How does chopping his way through some brambles and kissing a princess prove someone will make a good husband/king? And is there really such a thing as ?Happily Ever After?? Regardless of whether you are a long time fan or someone having their first Discworld outing, this story is guaranteed to delight and entertain.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Skinwalker

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 1
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Vampire fighting, form changing fighter

  • By Sharon on 30-11-14

Perfection!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-11

This is without doubt one of the best shifter books I have ever come across, and defiantly the best one I?ve ever found on audio. The story its self is brilliant, as is that of the main character. Who she is and where she came from. The difference between how Jane sees the world in human form and when she is in the form of Beast is just one of the things that makes this story so gripping. All the characters are complex and intriguing as is the world in which the live. A truly great book that I will be able to listen to, and enjoy, over and over again.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Eric

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649

You've heard of Faust - this is Eric. There's a difference. Eric is 14, lives on the famed and magical Discworld, and is the first ever demonology hacker. Fortunately, he doesn't succeed in raising any devils, but he does raise Rincewind (the most incompetent wizard in the universe) and the Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Good As They Get

  • By Clare on 21-02-11

As Good As They Get

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-11

If there is not something in this book that has everyone bursting into fits of uncontrollable laughter then there is something wrong with the world. From the fourteen-year old demonologist with a false beard, to the general who likes to leave decoy horses out the front while he sneaks round the back and not forgetting the demonic god who strikes fear into the hearts of all (at least until they find out he?s only six inches tall. There is something in this story for everyone.

Don?t be put off by the short length, this is still one of the best Pratchett books to date. It has the welcome return of old characters as well as an influx of new ones. We learn why hell is so much worse now than it was and also have the mystery of paperclips solved.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Soul Music

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857

On the planet of Discworld, phrases like "there's a Death in the family" take on a whole new meaning. Young Susan has always suspected that her Grandfather was different, as though all the time he spent riding a white horse and wielding a scythe weren't enough of a giveaway.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story but ...

  • By Ben on 28-08-09

Music With Rocks In!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-11

Another book filled with the humour and brilliance that we?ve come to expect for Terry Pratchett and Discworld. A story that, when you come down to it, is just ?Music With Rocks In?. The characters are plentiful and divers, and you find yourself loving and hating them by turns. If there was one slight let down it was the sound quality, but nothing unexpected from an older recording and it in no way detracts from the story.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Sable Quean

  • By: Brian Jacques
  • Narrated by: Full Cast, Brian Jacques
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

With more than 20 million books sold, Brian Jacques’ acclaimed Redwall series has become the stuff of legend. In this 21st swashbuckling entry, Vilaya the Sable Quean and her henchman Zwilt the Shade set their evil sights on Redwall Abbey. But also headed toward the abbey is Buckler, Blademaster of the Long Patrol—a brave hare perfectly suited to hero status.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing... as always

  • By Clare on 17-01-11

Amazing... as always

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-11

How Brian Jacques continues to pull this off I will never know. This book had me tense and angry one moment, then feeling all warm and mushy the next, only to have me on the point of tears the next and in-between this rollercoaster of emotion I was frequently left laughing myself silly.

From heroes you love to vileness you just love to hate, not to mention the plethora of other characters ?The Sable Queen? is a story that will have you gripped from the off set. And is filled with a cast whose exploits you can?t help but want to follow. With fights between good and evil, evil and evil there is more than enough intrigue to keep anyone happy. Not to mention the odd fight between good and good, there?s nothing quite like the relationship between father and daughter.

Yet another terrific Redwall book that will delight, both, fans and newcomers alike.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Carpe Jugulum

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 958

Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be a priest. He thought he'd come to the mountain kingdom of Lancre for a simple little religious ceremony. Now he's caught between vampires and witches, and he's not sure there is a right side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book with bite

  • By Clare on 17-01-11

A book with bite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-11

I have never come across a Discworld book that fails to enthral and delight, and this one is about a good as they get. From the witty one-liners, to the struggle between good and evil (an even harder battle to fight when it takes place inside your own head) and the problems with The Maiden, The Mother and The Other One. A truly wonderful story to sink you teeth (or fangs) into.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful